What is the Delaware Valley?

For those of us who live in the Delaware Valley Region and for those who are visiting this wonderful area, here is ALL THE BIRDING INFORMATION that you need to know in order to bird within a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia, with emphasis on the counties surrounding Philadelphia.
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What is the Delaware Valley?
The Delaware Valley is the name given to the region that lays on either side of the Delaware River, centered on Philadelphia. This consists of southeastern Pennsylvania, central and southern New Jersey and the state of Delaware.
The following counties fall within our boundaries.

In Pennsylvania;
Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, Lehigh County, Montgomery County, Northampton County and Philadelphia County.
In New Jersey;
Atlantic County, Burlington County, Camden County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County, Hunterdon County, Mercer County, Middlesex County, Monmouth County, Ocean County, Salem County, Somerset County and Warren County.
In Delaware;
New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County.

The Dot and Brooks Evert Memorial Nature Trail

Trail is located near the intersection of Stockton’s Bridge and Ong’s Hat Road with the trailhead east of the intersection on Ong’s Hat Road. There is a small parking area at the trailhead. It features a 1 3/4 mile trail, some of it on boardwalk (but boots will still be necessary for some portions even in early May). The 170-acre tract belongs to the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. The trail is located along the Stop-The-Jade Run on the boundary of the Inner and Outer coastal plains.

Much of the area is a mature red maple swamp forest with the northeastern portions of the tract being drier more pine barrens like habitat. As a result of the habitat and microhabitat diversity within this tract, it supports a rich passerine breeding bird population.
Since 1993, when I first became aware of the Evert tract while doing a breeding bird survey for New Jersey Audubon, I have recorded 98 species of birds in and over the woods and from the adjacent boundary roads. But this is a special place for warblers, especially breeding warblers. Twenty five species have been recorded and no less than eleven regularly breed. The earliest breeders to arrive are Louisiana Waterthrush and Pine Warbler. Male waterthrushes can be heard singing the first or second week in April. It is not prolific in the tract, but frequents habitat only along Stop-The-Jade Run where its loud song draws attention.

By the last week in April Blue-winged, Black-and-White, Hooded, Common Yellowthroat, Ovenbirds, and Worm-eating Warblers are establishing territory. Worm-eating Warblers frequent the smaller second growth transition areas between the maple swamps and piny uplands. Prairie Warblers and the beautiful Prothonotary also arrive about this time. The bridge on Stockton’s Bridge is often an excellent spot for viewing the “Golden Swamp Warbler”. The last breeding warbler to arrive, the Kentucky, can be heard the first or second week of May. About three pairs of Kentuckies have annually breed in the woods since 1993. They are much easier to hear than see so it would be wise to learn their song. This are is also excellent for cuckoos. Most will be Yellow-billed but Black-billed are occasional.
For a list of birds seen

Directions:
From the intersection of Rte 206/38/530 North-West of Pemberton,
take 530 into Pemberton and then Rte 644 South. This begins as Hampton St and before it turns into Magnolia Rd, turn a right on Scrapetown Rd. This becomes Stockton’s Bridge Rd. Follow the road to the T-junction with Ongs Hat Road/ Buddtown Rd and turn left. Evert Memorial Nature Trail and Woods are now on your left. There is a small parking area on the left at the entrance to the trailhead.
DeLorme New Jersey Atlas & Gazatteer: P. 56 B7
(Note: It is marked incorrectly in DeLorme as P. 57 C8)

Close by is another hardwood swamp where perhaps the most accessible Acadian Flycatcher in Burlington County regularly nests. Louisiana Waterthrush (easier to see here than at Dot and Brooks Evert), Prothonotary Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Black & White Warbler and Pine Warbler also nest here along with Red-eyed Vireo and Gray Catbird. Wood Duck and Green Heron are often seen.

Directions:
To reach the Acadian Flycatcher area from the trailhead for Dot and Brooks Evert, proceed east on Ong’s Hat Road for about ¾ mile. Just across from a bar parking lot where Ong’s Hat Road makes a sharp left hand bend to join Magnolia Road is a small dirt track to the right. Pull in and park (do not attempt to drive in as the puddles created by ORV’s are very deep). Walk about 50 yards into the center of the hardwood red maple swamp. The Acadian can be seen and heard (a very emphatic peent-suh!) usually on your right at this spot.

About Us

Reports should be sent to:
Frank Rohrbacher
DERC Secretary
5 Neva Court
Wilmington, DE 19810
( only for information and sight records, no photographs)

or to:
DOS Records Committee
PO Box 4247
Greenville, DE 19807.

Names and taxonomic sequence follow the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-list of North American Birds (7th edition, 1998).
LOONS:
Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata
Common Loon Gavia immer
GREBES:
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
Horned Grebe Podiceps auritus
Red-necked Grebe Podiceps grisegena
*Eared Grebe Podiceps nigricollis
*Western Grebe Aechmophorus occidentalis

SHEARWATERS:
Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis
Cory’s Shearwater Calonectris diomedea
Greater Shearwater Puffinus gravis
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus
Audubon’s Shearwater Puffinus lherminieri

STORM-PETRELS:
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel Oceanites oceanicus
*White-faced Storm-Petrel Pelagodroma marina
Leach’s Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa
*Band-rumped Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma castro

GANNETS & BOOBIES:
Northern Gannet Morus bassanus

PELICANS:
*American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

CORMORANTS:
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo

HERONS & EGRETS:
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus
Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias
Great Egret Ardea alba
*Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Snowy Egret Egretta thula
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Green Heron Butorides virescens
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea

IBISES:
*White Ibis Eudocimus albus
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi

STORKS:
*Wood Stork Mycteria americana

NEW WORLD VULTURES:
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

DUCKS, GEESE, & SWANS:
*Fulvous Whistling-duck Dendrocygna bicolor
*Pink-footed Goose Anser brachyrhynchus
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons
Snow Goose Chen caerulescens
Ross’s Goose Chen rossii
Canada Goose Branta canadensis
Brant Branta bernicla
Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus
Wood Duck Aix sponsa
Gadwall Anas strepera
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope
American Wigeon Anas americana
American Black Duck Anas rubripes
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors
*Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
Northern Pintail Anas acuta
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca
Canvasback Aythya valisineria
Redhead Aythya americana
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
Greater Scaup Aythya marila
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis
King Eider Somateria spectabilis
Common Eider Somateria mollissima
Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus
Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata
White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca
Black Scoter Melanitta nigra
Oldsquaw Clangula hyemalis
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula
Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
Common Merganser Mergus merganser
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis

HAWKS, KITES, & EAGLES:
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
*Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus
*Mississippi Kite Ictinia mississippiensis
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus
Cooper’s Hawk Accipiter cooperii
Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis
Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos

FALCONS:
American Kestrel Falco sparverius
Merlin Falco columbarius
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus

PHEASANTS & TURKEYS:
Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

NEW WORLD QUAIL:
Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus

RAILS, GALLINULES, & COOTS:
*Yellow Rail Coturnicops noveboracensis
Black Rail Laterallus jamaicensis
Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris
King Rail Rallus elegans
Virginia Rail Rallus limicola
Sora Porzana carolina
*Purple Gallinule Porphyrula martinica
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus
American Coot Fulica americana

CRANES:
*Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis

LAPWINGS & PLOVERS:
*Northern Lapwing Vanellus vanellus
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola
American Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

OYSTERCATCHERS:
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus

STILTS & AVOCETS:
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana

SANDPIPERS, PHALAROPES, & ALLIES:
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria
Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia
Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
*Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica
Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Red Knot Calidris canutus
Sanderling Calidris alba
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri
*Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis
*Little Stint Calidris minuta
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis
Baird’s Sandpiper Calidris bairdii
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos
*Sharp-tailed Sandpiper Calidris acuminata
Purple Sandpiper Calidris maritima
Dunlin Calidris alpina
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus
Buff-breasted Sandpiper Tryngites subruficollis
Ruff Philomachus pugnax
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus
Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago
American Woodcock Scolopax minor
Wilson’s Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
*Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicaria

SKUAS, GULLS, TERNS, & SKIMMERS:
*Great Skua Catharacta skua
Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus
Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla
*Franklin’s Gull Larus pipixcan
Little Gull Larus minutus
Black-headed Gull Larus ridibundus
Bonaparte’s Gull Larus philadelphia
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis
*California Gull Larus californicus
Herring Gull Larus argentatus
Iceland Gull Larus glaucoides
Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus
Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus
Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla
*Ross’s Gull Rhodostethia rosea
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
Royal Tern Sterna maxima
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
*Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
*Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
Forster’s Tern Sterna forsteri
Least Tern Sterna antillarum
Bridled Tern Sterna anaethetus
*Sooty Tern Sterna fuscata
*White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus
*Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus
Black Tern Chlidonias niger
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger

AUKS, MURRES, & PUFFINS:
Dovekie Alle alle
*Common Murre Uria aalge
*Thick-billed Murre Uria lomvia
Razorbill Alca torda
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica

PIGEONS & DOVES:
Rock Dove Columba livia
*White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
*Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina

CUCKOOS:
Black-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus erythropthalmus
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus

BARN OWLS:
Barn Owl Tyto alba

TYPICAL OWLS:
Eastern Screech-Owl Otus asio
Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
Snowy Owl Nyctea scandiaca
Barred Owl Strix varia
Long-eared Owl Asio otus
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Northern Saw-whet Owl Aegolius acadicus

GOATSUCKERS:
Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor
Chuck-will’s-widow Caprimulgus carolinensis
Whip-poor-will Caprimulgus vociferus

SWIFTS:
Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica

HUMMINGBIRDS:
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
*Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus

KINGFISHERS:
Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon

WOODPECKERS:
Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus

TYRANT FLYCATCHERS:
Olive-sided Flycatcher Contopus cooperi
Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
Acadian Flycatcher Empidonax virescens
Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum
Willow Flycatcher Empidonax traillii
Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus
*Hammond�s Flycatcher Empidonax hammondii
*Gray Flycatcher Empidonax wrightii
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
*Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
Great Crested Flycatcher Myiarchus crinitus
*Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus
*Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus
*Fork-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus savana

SHRIKES:
*Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus
*Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor

VIREOS:
White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
Yellow-throated Vireo Vireo flavifrons
Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius
Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus
Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus

CROWS & JAYS:
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos
Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus

LARKS:
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris

SWALLOWS:
Purple Martin Progne subis
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Bank Swallow Riparia riparia
Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

CHICKADEES:
Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus
*Boreal Chickadee Poecile hudsonicus
Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolor

NUTHATCHES:
Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis
White-breasted Nuthatch Sitta carolinensis
Brown-headed Nuthatch Sitta pusilla

CREEPERS:
Brown Creeper Certhia americana

WRENS:
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
*Bewick�s Wren Thryomanes bewickii
House Wren Troglodytes aedon
Winter Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis
Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris

KINGLETS:
Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula

GNATCATCHERS:
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

THRUSHES:
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis
Veery Catharus fuscescens
Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus
*Bicknell�s Thrush Catharus bicknelli
Swainson’s Thrush Catharus ustulatus
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus
Wood Thrush Hylocichla mustelina
*Fieldfare Turdus pilaris
American Robin Turdus migratorius
*Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius

MOCKINGBIRDS & THRASHERS:
Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
*Sage Thrasher Oreoscoptes montanus
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum

STARLINGS:
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

PIPITS:
American Pipit Anthus rubescens

WAXWINGS:
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum

WOOD-WARBLERS:
Blue-winged Warbler Vermivora pinus
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera
Tennessee Warbler Vermivora peregrina
Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata
Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla
Northern Parula Parula americana
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia
Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica
Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia
Cape May Warbler Dendroica tigrina
Black-throated Blue Warbler Dendroica caerulescens
*Black-throated Gray Warbler Dendroica nigrescens
Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata
Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens
Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca
Yellow-throated Warbler Dendroica dominica
Pine Warbler Dendroica pinus
Prairie Warbler Dendroica discolor
Palm Warbler Dendroica palmarum
Bay-breasted Warbler Dendroica castanea
Blackpoll Warbler Dendroica striata
Cerulean Warbler Dendroica cerulea
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla
Prothonotary Warbler Protonotaria citrea
Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorus
*Swainson�s Warbler Limnothlypis swainsonii
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus
Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis
Louisiana Waterthrush Seiurus motacilla
Kentucky Warbler Oporornis formosus
Connecticut Warbler Oporornis agilis
Mourning Warbler Oporornis philadelphia
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas
Hooded Warbler Wilsonia citrina
Wilson’s Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
Canada Warbler Wilsonia canadensis
Yellow-breasted Chat Icteria virens

TANAGERS:
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra
Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea

EMBERIZID SPARROWS:
*Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus
Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus
American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina
*Clay-colored Sparrow Spizella pallida
Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla
Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus
*Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum
*Henslow�s Sparrow Ammodramus henslowii
*Le Conte’s Sparrow Ammodramus leconteii
Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow Ammodramus nelsoni
Saltmarsh Sharp-tailed Sparrow Ammodramus caudacutus
Seaside Sparrow Ammodramus maritimus
Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia
Lincoln’s Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus
Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis

CARDINALS & ALLIES:
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
Rose-breasted Grosbeak Pheucticus ludovicianus
*Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus
Blue Grosbeak Guiraca caerulea
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
*Painted Bunting Passerina ciris
Dickcissel Spiza americana

BLACKBIRDS, ORIOLES, & ALLIES:
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
Yellow-headed Blackbird Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
Brewer’s Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater
Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius
Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula

CARDUELINE FINCHES:
Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
Red Crossbill Loxia curvirostra
White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera
Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea
Pine Siskin Carduelis pinus
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis
Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus

OLD WORLD SPARROWS:
House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Addendum
The following 18 species are under review by the Committee (documentation is requested for all of these species):

Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica
Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens
Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens
Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor
Black-bellied Whistling Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis
Garganey Anas querquedula
Tufted Duck Anas fuligula
Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio
European Golden-Plover Pluvialis apricaria
South Polar Skua Catharacta maccormicki
Mew Gull Larus canus
Yellow-legged Gull Larus cachinnans
Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Broad-tailed Hummingbird Selasphorus platycercus
Allen’s Hummingbird Selasphorus sasin
Cave Swallow Hirundo fulva
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
Harris’s Sparrow Zonotrichia querula